- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The George Kaiser Family Foundation is giving $10 million in land for the construction of a permanent children’s museum in Tulsa.

Officials were set to announce the foundation’s pledge Thursday, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1LowlEU ) reports. The museum would be located in A Gathering Place for Tulsa, a $350 million park that’s being built with help from dozens of private and corporate donors.

Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab was opened in an unoccupied community center in 2013. It was meant as a temporary location until the development of a permanent museum.

Museum executive director Ray Vandiver said the temporary spot has allowed for developing staff and their approach to exhibits.

“But the plan has always been to move to a space that is welcoming to all of Tulsa and accessible and diverse,” Vandiver said. “A Gathering Place meets all that criteria.”

The first phase of the park is scheduled to finish in late 2017. It would ultimately cover nearly 100 acres along Riverside Drive.

Plans call for opening a 45,000-square-foot museum in 2020, with costs of building the facility and exhibits estimated at $29 million. It would have hands-on exhibits meant to meet children’s educational needs.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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